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New world record for energy efficiency set by NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Supercomputer

Eurora, Italy's supercomputer which uses NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators based on NVIDIA Kepler, has set a new world record in energy efficiency. The new Eurotech manufactured supercomputer went online last Wednesday at the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy.

 

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Eurora is Italy's newest and most powerful supercomputer to date and achieved the world record by sustaining an astonishing 3,150 megaflops per watt of energy consumed. Aiding in the record breaking performance is 128 high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K20 accelerators.

 

Sanzio Bassini, director of HPC department at Cineca said:

 

"Equipped with the ultra-efficient Aurora system and NVIDIA GPU accelerators, Eurora will give European researchers the computing muscle to study all types of physical and biological systems, while allowing us to keep data center power consumption and costs in check."

RumorTT: New Apple Mac Pro coming this spring, possibly at Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple hasn't upgraded the Mac Pro in a significant way since 2010. The case is still the original aluminum design that the Intel Mac Pro launched with back in 2006. Many professional users have felt a bit left out since Apple normally updates their systems yearly. These lack of updates have even sparked rumors that Apple is planning to discontinue the Mac Pro line of systems.

 

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However, Tim Cook has continued to say that a new Mac Pro will be coming later this year. Apple is unable to continue selling the current version of the Mac Pro in Europe as it doesn't meet new regulatory standards for safety. One French retailer has said that Apple pointed them towards a spring launch of a new Mac Pro design.

 

Spring will officially end on June 20, meaning Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, which runs June 11-15, is within that time frame. If a new Mac Pro is to be launched this spring, the Worldwide Developers Conference is the most likely suspect for when and where it will be launched.

 

Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. However, we do feel that this rumor has a bit of merit as Apple would likely want to get a Mac Pro back into the European market.

Apple job posting indicates that Siri may be on her way to Mac devices

A job posting popped up on Apple's website recently that alludes to Siri coming to Mac devices. The position is labeled "Siri UI Engineer" and calls for someone with experience with Unix, with a concentration in OS X.

 

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The position must have filled quickly as the posting has been removed, but luckily it was spotted by both TechCrunch and Apple Insider. We believe that the new position would bring Siri to Mac devices as it only listed OS X development experience, and not iOS which is the only OS which Siri currently runs on.

 

Rumors about Siri on OS X have been abundant in recent months, and dictation software has been included in Apple's desktop OS since Mountain Lion. Other sections in the listing described close collaboration with app designers, which could mean that Siri on OS X could have expansive integration with applications as well.

21.5-inch iMac shipping estimates begin slipping, down to 2-3 weeks

Shipping estimates for Apple's new 21.5-inch iMac have slipped from previous estimates. Since their introduction, the 21.5-inch model has seen estimated shipping dates of 7-10 days. However, in many European countries, those shipping estimates have slipped to 2-3 weeks.

 

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These shipping delays could be attributed to either an increased demand or trouble with the supply line. An educated guess would put the constraints on the supply side, as demand should be lower now that we have gone through the Christmas season. Estimates for the 27-inch iMac model remain at 3-4 weeks.

 

Apple has warned that supply could be constrained due to the new lamination process used on the screens. This new process is designed to reduce glare and allow the screen and overall system to be slimmer.

VIA announces APC Rock and Paper low-cost Android computers

VIA has today announced the latest additions to its APC line. For those of you not in the know, VIA's APC line consist of small Android based PC motherboards. The original APC was released last spring for around $45.

 

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The Rock is the first new APC board and is a complete redesign of the original APC. It features a faster processor, more RAM, and a metric ton of expandability by not only breaking out the processors 20-pin ARM JTAG header, but also opening up GPIO, SPI and I2C buses on header pins.

 

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The Paper features a slick faux book-like case and does not have a VGA port like the Rock. Both boards feature an ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 800MHz, 4GB of NAND flash based storage, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, HDMI port, microSD, 10/100 Ethernet and run Android 4.0. The Rock is currently available from the APC.io website for $79 and the Paper is expected to begin shipping in March at a price point of $99.

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 shows up in online stores, features Core i5 processor

This news has come totally unannounced from Google and Samsung, but we're looking at the Chromebox Series 3 unit which features a Core i5 processor and is listed as 'in-stock' at multiple retailers.

 

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The XE300M22-A01US sports a Sandy Bridge-based dual-core Core i5 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. It won't wipe the floor with a high-end PC, but these days a fast dual-core, 4GB of RAM and an SSD is all you need for a system to feel snappy.

 

Prices floating around right now suggest we're looking at around $405, which is a little more than the older model.

iBUYPOWER announces the Revolt SFF PC at CES 2013

CES 2013 - iBUYPOWER, makers of custom gaming desktops and laptops, announced a new desktop gaming machine at CES 2013 last week. The Revolt is a slim desktop PC that doesn't compromise on performance. iBUYPOWER say that they designed this system from the ground up and turned to what they would like to have on their desk for inspiration.

 

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"We didn't look to the industry for inspiration when we were developing Revolt. What we looked for was the burning question of, what would we like to have on our own desks? We wanted to shake up the industry and make something beautiful. This is what Revolt is," said Darren Su, Co-Founder and VP of iBUYPOWER.

 

Even the pricing revolts against the standard, with an i7-3770K machine only setting you back $1399. For that you also get a GTX 680 and a solid state drive. Pricing begins at the low end with a GTX 650, Core i3 processor, and traditional spinning hard disk drive.

 

The unique case features airflow channels which help provide the cooling capacity of larger systems. This SFF system has been developed in conjunction with NVIDIA, MLG, and Microsoft, so you know it is a quality product.

Raspberry Pi slides past one million boards launched milestone

The Raspberry Pi has become quite the little Internet hero since it launched, and it has now reached quite a milestone - by selling over one million of the units since launch.

 

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For just $35, you get a PC that is capable of booting a streamlined install of Linux - and there are plenty of uses for the Raspberry Pi which makes it the perfect buy for modders and tweakers. In order to celebrate, the company have released a pretty cool infographic detailing a bunch of stats on the device - for example, if the Raspberry Pi's were stacked end-to-end, they would be higher than 111 Empire State Buildings.

Digital Storm's Bolt is a pint-sized powerhouse

CES 2013 - Digital Storm's Bolt system is a mere 3.6 inches wide - tiny by today's standards for gaming systems - yet, it supports up to a GTX 680, the fastest single GPU on the market. This system's case is custom designed by Digital Storm, and, like the Aventum, is fabricated locally in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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The system starts at $999, and for that, you get an Intel Core i3 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650Ti. Of course, like all of Digital Storm's systems, this one is highly configurable and can accept up to an Intel Core i7-3770K. You're probably wondering how they have managed to shove a full size GPU into such a small chassis. Well, they use a riser card to flip the GPU parallel to the motherboard.

 

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The CPU features a side-panel intake with a 120mm fan and the GPU is fed cold air by a side-panel blower. The system, considering it's size, stays cool, even while playing demanding games for extended periods of time. You can get your own Bolt at Digital Storm's website.

Say hello to the Digital Storm Aventum, the coolest computer I've ever seen

CES 2013 - I visited Digital Storm's suite and the focus of the room really was this massive system known as the Aventum. A fully customizable system, the Aventum starts at just shy of $5,000 and can run all the way up to $8,000 or more. It sits in a case custom designed by Digital Storm and fabbed locally in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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The case is simple and elegant, and the model they were showing off in the suite, and subsequently at the Intel party tonight, featured hard-plumbed watercooling, an Intel 3970K, dual EVGA GTX 690s, and a plethora of other high performance components.

 

It features the Digital Storm A.R.E.S. cooling system, which allows lights, fans, and monitoring to be controlled from within Windows. If you're in the market for a new system, you should definitely check the Aventum out.

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